January 11, 2012 in Rumors
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…Would be so much easier if you had a 9-4X AWD, right? For our US readers, here’s an excellent opportunity to benefit one of the best and most celebrated public television stations around. As part of their Holiday Auction, WGBH is offering a loaded 9-4X 3.0 Premium that was generously donated from the New England Saab dealers acting together. There’s 4 days left to bid, and at the moment the car is $15,000 under list price.
Being a great tv station, they’ve produced a festive commercial to promote their biggest auction item, which I think features the best driving footage of the 9-4X to date.
You can find the direct link to the 9-4X’s auction page here.
October 5, 2011 in News
50 US and Canadian automotive journalist will decide which is the truck and car of the year 2012 for the north American market. The winners will be announced at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2012.
There is no Saab among the 17 nominees for the Car of the Year prize, but the Saab 9-4X has managed to enter the list of 7 nominees for the Truck of the Year prize.
- BMW X3
- Honda CR-V
- Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
- Mercedes-Benz M-Class
- Mini Countryman
- Nissan Quest
- Saab 9-4X
I don’t know how good are the chances for Saab to win that prize, as some of the contenders are also very good cars, so lets keep our finger crossed.
BTW, what is the American definition of truck. I mean, the Countryman do not really fits in that list, does it?
From the NACTOY site you can see that this already the short list. So the 9-4x is not in the list only because its a new truck.
And looking at the winners of the previous years, it is not bad that the 9-4x has the most US genes in that list.
August 27, 2011 in Saabology
Little follow up to this post, Aj sent me an email yesterday with some photo’s of the two 9-4x that have just arrived in Ice Pearl and Atlantic Blue. These vehicles were part of the test fleet driven by Saab execs in Detroit during the test period and the colors were not made available once production started. Read the rest of this entry →
August 15, 2011 in News
As we all know Saab is still producing cars, not exactly Saab, but GM is producing the 9-4x in Ramos Arizpe (Mex.) for Saab.
Many asked about a reassurement that the 9-4x is really being build. And know one of our readers has sent us the link to the August production table for the US, Canada and Mexico, and on this table you can find the 9-4x among all the other GM cars.
For the ones that don’t want to search
Saab 9-4X Last Week: 58 August 2011: 116 2011: 573
Looking at this I would say that the 9-4x is being produced at a 58 cars per week rate. It is a very small figure, for instance 1.781 SRX have been build in the last week, but at least it is a constant amount. We still have something like 20 weeks till years end, which means GM will build this year about 1.700 9-4x, if the rate is kept constant.
*update 20110815 1555 cest*
I don’t know if the currently build cars are MY 11 or MY 12. Although there is not much difference between both model years, MY 11 was exclusively for the US market where MY 12 is to be distributed world wide.
I from my side hope that those are MY 12, and that the pre-ordered 9-4x in Europe can be delivered in September (it takes a little time from Mexico till Europe)
July 17, 2011 in News
Matt Joy from the Eastern Daily Press (UK) got an early drive of Saab’s new 9-4X sport utility vehicle. Here is Matt’s story.
Saab is a combination of Swedish origins and a reluctance to follow the crowd – products that don’t slavishly follow the fickle finger of fashion hold a certain appeal.
Not that Saab is a company that ignores customers. The recently updated 9-5 received some detailed tweaks in response to their feedback, and now there’s a new car that meets a need – Saab is going soft-roading with the 9-4X which has four-wheel drive and off-road capability. It’s more of a crossover, a tag Saab is happy for it to wear and in doing so it takes on a host of premium rivals.
July 13, 2011 in News
To celebrate the launch of the new 9-4X, I’m starting a series that compares it to its midsize competition. Today Mercedes-Benz released the pricing and options details of its new 2012 ML350, and so I thought I’d kick this comparison off with the freshest competitor possible. For most readers here, this information is nothing new, but hopefully to those who link here doing some cross shopping will see the light.
Amazingly most coverage and headlines for the ML350 price list has been “Mercedes adds standard equipment but holds prices down.” While we’re a Saab blog focused at Saab drivers and consumers, I believe that anyone who reads this will come away with the same conclusion– that a 3-pointed star doesn’t add any more value to a CUV than Saab can deliver.
June 9, 2011 in News
June 8, 2011 in News
Here’s a quick video I shot yesterday of the 9-4X at the media launch in New York. I dug a little deeper into details that go unnoticed, and near the end you’ll see a special message from Tim Colbeck about the 9-4X to SaabsUnited readers. Music by Stockholm band Peter Bjorn and John’s new album, gotta keep it Swedish.
For his full multipart interview and my thoughts on how the car was received by the press, check back later this week as I’m still transcribing much of the audio. Later this month you’ll be reading (and watching) my full 9-4X review, which should not only include an Aero test but a 3.0 as well with much more detailed interior shots. I’m continually impressed by just how good the 9-4X has turned out, and even more impressed by the team assembled at SCNA. Their focus was evident, and they’re ready to take on the North American market with their new leader, Tim Colbeck at the helm.
One of the constant issues brought up by Saab fans and reviewers has been the interior material and color choices of the new 9-5 and 9-4X. While I think that in person they come off much better– and the new 9-5 Sportcombi dashboard panel upgrade is fantastic in my opinion– it’s always fun to speculate how changes might look in real life.
Today’s focus will be the 9-4X, as I’ll be eating my lunch beside one today near the East River with Tim Colbeck. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask him in person, let me know here in comments, otherwise I’ll be focusing on the insanely long US pricing thread and constructive dialogue mentioned there. As a jumping off point, see the changes I’d make to this 9-4X’s interior after the break. Then comment on how you’d change it yourself if you could.
May 11, 2011 in News
Thanks to SU’s friend Roosevelt Gist over at Auto Network, we have plenty of 9-4X video to pour over while we wait for reviews to pour in. While I sat in meetings for the last two days, these lucky journalists were out pounding the D.C. and Virginia pavement. Fortunately for myself and SU, my in depth review should be coming very soon too, it’s just a matter of scheduling. Also I’m hoping to be able to get a chance to try the 3.0L as that’s going to be the volume seller and the media hasn’t had a chance to drive it yet.
Here’s some great driving footage Roosevelt took driving around D.C., and after the break you can watch an excellent presentation by Mikael Jacobsson, the 9-4X program manager.
May 10, 2011 in News
Here is one that just popped up on youtube with Victor Muller =) Those 9-4x’s in the background look GOOD! =D
This second one is with Tim Colbeck, the new President and COO of SAAB NA
A GREAT BIG THANX to Alexandros for sending us the tip about these two! =)